- These are not the best of times for Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the spokesman of the federal government
- After he was allegedly shut out of his party's registration and revalidation exercise, the minister is now being subjected to jokes by opposition elements
- The spokesman of the opposition PDP took the jeers a step further by calling the minister a wailer
The national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kola Ologbodiyan has joined those mocking Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Alhaji Mohammed, Nigeria's minister of information, recently lamented that he has been treated unfairly by the powers that be in the Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The minister, at a press briefing, complained that loyalists of Kwara state governor, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman, shut him and his supporters out of the registration and revalidation exercise of the ruling party.
He went on to call for the cancellation of the exercise, alleging that it was fraught with irregularities.
The comments by Alhaji Mohammed had sent shock waves across the political atmosphere in Nigeria.
The opposition also used the opportunity to mock the minister, with some describing him as a political lightweight in his home state of Kwara.
PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, took the taunting of Alhaji Lai Mohammed a notch higher, describing him as a wailer.
Recall that the term wailer was used by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina to described opposition elements who were criticising President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Ologbodiyan, an experienced journalist, wrote on his Twitter page:
“What goes around also comes around. Stop wailing!”
Meanwhile, the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, has described the minister as a total failure in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nabena also said time has left the Kwara-born minister behind in the scheme of things in the ruling APC.
According to the APC chieftain, Alhaji Mohammed can no longer catch up with time unless he works with his state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara.
Nabena made the comments in response to a statement issued by Alhaji Mohammed where the minister called him an impostor.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.